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Hadley Update

Hadley wants to say thank you to everyone who donated to and shared her fundraiser! We were able to meet our goal and Hadley had surgery to repair her leg on Wednesday, March 22nd. Sweet Hadley was the victim of a domestic violence situation in which her femur bone was broken at the growth plate. Hadley will be on crate rest for three weeks with very little activity. Even though she has to be crate-rested she is a very happy girl! She is doing very well with potty-training and very rarely uses the bathroom in her crate. She enjoys sitting with her foster parents and quietly chewing a bone, cuddling with her favorite stuffed toy or giving lots of sweet puppy kisses. Hadley is learning that cats can be her friend and when she’s all better, she will finally get to play with other doggies. Please keep Hadley in your thoughts as she continues to heal!

~ Kaitlyn Tickle
 Playtime
Playtime
 Stitches
Stitches
 Cuteness
Cuteness
 Yummy Bone!
Yummy Bone!
 Snuggles
Snuggles

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“You Don’t Have a Shelter?”

We Foster!

That’s a question I get all the time at adoption events. The public is often surprised that Paws For Life operates without a physical shelter for our animals. "You don’t send them back to animal control if they aren't adopted?" they ask.

I'm always pleased to respond that although most of the cats and dogs in our program are pulled from animal-control-operated shelters, we will never put them back there again. Our one-hundred percent volunteer-run organization ensures that each adoptable cat and dog in our program lives with a foster. Without a physical Paws For Life owned building, we solely rely on our fosters to care and house our animals. Each additional foster home we have means more cats and dogs can be rescued.

Do you have a space to temporarily home one of our adoptable pets? We provide all vetting and supplies for the animals and ask that you bring your foster to at least two adoption events per month so they can be seen by potential adopters. Your kindness and care is key to helping them transition from shelter life to forever homes.

For more information on how to help save more loving, sweet cats and dogs, discover how you can become a foster, or learn about other ways to get involved with Paws For Life.

~ Melissa Jeglinski
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Amazing Maise

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me. As a foster people often ask you how are you able to give up your foster dogs. The answer is simple. As much as I love them my goal is to help them and make sure they get the best possible life to fit their needs. I'd rather get attached then know they died because I didn't help.

Maise came to us with dog aggression, somewhat people aggressive, heartworm positive, in heat, and abused. It was clear to say I jumped head first into rescuing her before I realized how much help she needed. The first day I brought her home I could barely touch her, she would stiffen and growl at me. In the crate if I showed her my hand she would try to eat me. This was not a normal dog our rescue would take, or any rescue for that matter. I actually cried the day after I got her thinking this may be the one I couldn't help. But I wasn't giving up on her that easy.

I took baby steps with her. Luckily she was very food motivated. We started desensitizing her with the crate and at feeding time. Then we went to Reactive Rover every Saturday thanks to Christie Fernandez at Training Your Best Friend LLC for letting us join her class! Over the last two months she was with me we started to see a whole new dog. She started to bond with me, and trusted me.💜

I'll never forget that day in class when we took a break and I sat down only to find her crawling in my lap. I knew at that moment we had saved her. Once I gained her trust she let me do almost anything. This dog is truly amazing. She went from an abused past to trusting again.

When I met the Creech family I was very excited. Maise had to be an only dog who could have her own space and they sounded perfect. After losing their last husky to diabetes and cushings disease they fell in love with Maise's picture and wanted to know more. Once I got to know them things became more clear that Maise could be perfect for them. I told them all of her flaws and how far we had come. When Maise met them she wasn't that standoff growly girl I had known from day one, but instead she joyfully walked in their house and rolled over for belly rubs. They opted to do a home trial with her at that point.

After the trial was over we got the good news that they were ready to make her part of the family! My heart was so happy. While I love this dog just like one of my own I sleep better at night knowing she will live a happy life getting all the attention and care she deserves. I wanted to share Maise's story in hopes that people can see what a little love, patience, structure, and positive reinforcement training can do.

Maise is such a special girl, and we are excited to hear of the new adventures she will have in her forever home. 🌞

~ Megan Adcock
 Love
Love
 Hugs
Hugs
 Graduation
Graduation

 Creech Meet
Creech Meet
 Creech Home
Creech Home

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Molly – The Jamberry Therapy Dog

Foster Failing, By Nerdy People

So, we foster dogs, and last June, we pulled a pit and her 8 puppies from the local shelter. She was skin and bones, heartworm positive, in bad shape (my husband had to carry her a few times because she was so weak), but very sweet and trusting. Because we're nerds, we named her Molly, and the puppies got Harry Potter names. It became apparent pretty quickly that Molly Weasley was going to become Molly Mercer.

We got her back to a normal weight, taught her basic manners, got her treated for her heartworm infection, got several tumors removed, and last month, she started a basic obedience class, because we thought she could be a therapy dog. The instructor agreed that she is an ideal dog for this, and is having Moo and a friend's dog (a rescued mastiff) skip to the next class because they're doing so great. So we're going to start level 2 on Tuesday, then it'll be on to Canine Good Citizen in June (she'll have to sit 20ft from me for a minute before I call her back 😳), and finally therapy dog certification class!

We are so so proud of our MooMoo! And #becauseofjamberry, I can pay for her classes without touching our budget. She even got a new antler and treats last night because she did do great. And the red mark on her head is lipstick. 😂

I think I'll treat her to a bath and nail trim this weekend, and then she'll get Jams on her nails, lol!

~ Cecile Mercer
 Molly - Before
Molly - Before
 Molly - After
Molly - After

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Geronimo!!!! Where’d Your Fur Go?

Fur can definitely cover how malnourished a dog is!

Geronimo was found as a stray. When no owners turned up he was posted on Craigslist for rehoming. Of course a few wonderful volunteers sent me the post and I sent them a message. Thankfully the finder wanted him to go on a rescue.

My wonderful friend Maria Verde volunteered to pick him up and bring him back to me at the end of last week. At first glance we noticed how dirty he appeared. When touching him you could feel how boney he was underneath all that fur, we also felt the matted fur underneath and knew it was more than we could handle.

The next morning we took him to get his rabies shot so he could be groomed. The vet noted he could hardly get the needle to the skin because of how badly matted he was. When we finally got to the groomers they said he needed to be shaved. As much as I am against shaving a husky there was really not much choice.

When he was picked up I almost cried seeing him without his fur and how skinny he appeared. They told me he has to have 3 baths, and was infested with fleas. 🙁

Despite being skinny and matted he appears healthy. He is neutered, up on date on shots, and on monthly preventatives now. I can only imagine how beautiful his fur will be once it grows back.

Geronimo is the sweetest boy and will be adopted quickly I'm sure! 😉

~ Megan Adcock
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Before
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After

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Arwen Adoption

 Arwen and Angela
Arwen and Angela
Formerly Twix

Arwen, now Twix, has been adopted! After a week long home trial it was love and a great fit for her new mama, Angela. She will be a spoiled only pooch who will get to soak up all the love she wants after being rescued from one of the local shelters. Happy trails baby girl, foster mama is going to miss your happy wiggle butt around the house! Thanks for fostering Jess!!

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Oh Phoenix…

Oh Phoenix where do I start......🙄

Smelly & Orange

I remember getting a call asking to save your life from a shelter worker right after christmas. What they explained to me was a stressed husky who was freaked out. After waking up from your neuter you were not ok with strange people vaccinating you, so you bit the vet tech. The shelter called you a pain in the butt and allowed no one to touch you. Staff got in touch with me thanks to Danielle Jones and we were told if he couldn't come to rescue he was set to be euthanized. Many people just don't understand the husky breed and how they react in stressful situations. Without hesitation or meeting you I said yes I'll take him.

A Different Dog

The day we picked you up in the target parking lot where staff met us you instantly tried to bite. You were scared, not treat motivated, and not willing to get in my crate to hold home. After 30 mins of looking like a crazy lady in target parking lot I outsmarted you and you were in the crate and on the way to our house. You were orange stained, smelled horrible with matted fur in spots. I had no idea how I was going to give you a bath considering I wasn't your friend yet. Thankfully you loved Stuart Adcock and gave him hardly any trouble.

Over the last 2 months you've learned to trust and turned into a completely different dog then we had picked up. You overcame your food aggression, and learned to listen. I couldn't be happier to hand you off to your new family who I know will take the best care of you. After all, your mom's a vet tech who has a sister for you to be best buds with.🐺🐺

A Life With Chrystal & Kiki

Thank you Chrystal Ann for wanting to adopt this crazy boy and make him part of your family. I know he will get to enjoy long walks with you and Kiki. He will learn even more and have a great mom who will make sure he has everything he needs and then some. I look forward to seeing updates on him. Thank you for adopting! 💜

~ Megan Adcock
 Smelly & Orange
Smelly & Orange
 Stuart Love
Stuart Love
 With Chrystal & Kiki
With Chrystal & Kiki

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Sugar and Cookie… Everything Sweet

A Sweet Foster's Story

My son and I started fostering kittens for Franklin County Humane Society of NC in . We had assorted kitties come through our home and stay from one week to maybe three weeks at the most before finding their forever homes.

This past February we welcomed to our home sibling kittens with classic Turkish Van markings and the softest bunny like fur. These kittens were sweetest most gentle kittens and they were very bonded. They did everything together, walking in unison and hooking their tails while they slept. We named them Sugar and Cookie.

Sugar was adopted in early April to a wonderful family who fell in love with her and just had to have her. I tried to have them adopt Cookie too, but they couldn't adopt two at that time. Poor Cookie cried all the way home he missed his sister so much. Cookie had three adoption applications that fell through, it just wasn't meant to be. May and June passed and he was growing into a very handsome young cat and we just couldn't understand why no one was interested in him, everyone who saw him said he was beautiful and gentle but no takers.

On July 12th I received a heartbreaking email from a couple Marco and Ludmila who were interested in Cookie, their beloved cat Pierro passed away. He was 16 and had a bone marrow disease. They were devastated and Marco was looking on Petfinders and was amazed to see Cookie, who was Pierro's double! and they wanted him. Through many phone calls and emails his adoption was finalized in a few days. The only obstacle was his new family was in Boston MA. So Ludmila his new mom made arrangements to fly down to Raleigh NC early Saturday morning. My son John and I meet her at the airport with Cookie too and it was like we were already best friends. She is such a loving wonderful lady, smart, beautiful and generous. WE spent the day together going to the vet and getting Cookies health records and certificate visiting our home in Knightdale and meeting the other FCHS foster families at Petco. That afternoon Cookie flew home on the plane! He had his own ticket, no cargo for our special boy. Saying goodbye at the airport was bittersweet, we were missing Cookie already but we knew he found his most perfect forever home where he was meant to be.

We receive weekly updates from Cookie and we are friends on Facebook with his wonderful new family. Cookie helps Marco give piano lessons and is pretty much head of the household.

This past summer Marco and Ludmila traveled to the Czech Republic and of course Cookie had a first class seat right next to them. I posted on Facebook how Cookie has become a world traveler. Much to my surprise my sister Linda wrote that she met Cookie on the plane. She and her family were traveling from France to the Czech Republic and they met Cookie on the plane! Such a small world made better with a kitty!

~ Barbara Coe
Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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February Volunteer Spotlight and Thank You

Paws for Life Animal Rescue has so many wonderful volunteers doing great things for our organization and the animals in our care. Here are just a few who regularly go above to help us achieve our goals.

Pete

Pete Mercer has been with our group for less than a year, but he has jumped in with both feet. He's a dog foster, a dog team captain, a recurring adoption event leader, and most recently joined the intake team. He is always offering to deliver/pick up food, supplies, medicines and even offers to pick up and drop off foster dogs other than his own to make sure they get to events. Pete is a total team player.

Susan

Susan Decker's energy, positive outlook, and friendliness are indescribable. She is the first to offer a hand to those who need help. Susan gets on board and supports others' ideas and efforts 100%. She is an integral member of our fundraising team and a great conduit for connecting people, purpose and positive energy. Everyone needs a Susan Decker their organization.

Barbara

When it comes to volunteering, Barbara Coe is a soft-spoken, friendly woman who delivers quite a punch … and she does it with flair! An active cat foster, our reigning supply-drive queen, and a fundraising team member extraordinaire, Barbara is always at the ready to lead a drive, donate a basket or offer support. She is the epitome of quiet strength.

Thanks All!

Thank you to all of our volunteers for everything you do each and every day! It doesn’t matter if you are cat team or dog team, foster or general volunteer, put your efforts towards fundraising, running events/programs, screening applications, checking voice mails, website management, grant writing, delivery/transports, cleaning condos/q-shed, or helping spread the word about what we do. We are all in this organization together to make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats. Together, we DO make a difference and every year gets better and better with the number of animals we are able to rescue.

~ Carla Roshitsh Interested In Joining? Volunteer!
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Andie Needs A Home

 Andie Needs Love
Andie Needs Love
A Sweet Senior Lady, Looking For Snuggles

Andie is a sweet senior lady that has been waiting over a year for her home. She is looking for a special adopter. Andie loves to snuggle on the couch, get belly rubs, give kisses and follow her humans around. She is so eager to receive attention and affection from her loved ones that sometimes she can be pushy.

When Paws for Life rescued Andie from the shelter it was obvious she had been neglected and possibly abused for most her life. With time and patience Andie has come a very long way. She is super loving but needs time to gain trust, especially with men. Andie will need a home with a patient owner/family that will give her time to adjust and feel comfortable setting boundaries for her. Andie is good with dogs, cats and with older kids who are respectful and understanding of animals. She loves to play with her foster mom's eight-year-old niece and ten-year-old nephew.

Andie is very food motivated, which is great for training, but she sometimes accidentally nips your fingers when she thinks you have treats. It is best to feed her with an open palm. We know that the perfect person is out there looking for a special companion like this sweetie.

~ Laura Honeycutt
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